WhatsApp Live:(5)

The Whatsapp Live Talk: 

We have 5 WhatsApp live talks on offer:

1: WhaT01: Learning First, AI next !

2: WhaT02:Learning Quantum Mechanics at School

3: WhaT03:Avoiding Natural Stupidity

4: WhaT04: Ideas: their creation and spread

5: WhaT05: Inspiring humans 

Background: 

The Whatsapp live talk is a new mode of remote learning that could be described as ‘Whatsapp live’ learning. I have used this model over the past 2 years in a number of different contexts.

This has been implemented by me from UK while I was visiting London for a program for Shivaji University Kolhapur University at Sholapur on 13th July 2017. The topic was “ Higher education in the 4th Industrial Age”. 

Then I deployed a WhatsApp talk to do a session on ‘Flipped Learning’ for Manav Rachna International School at Ludhiana on 29th July 2017. 

For Lady Doak College Madurai it was used for my Keynote titled “ The future of learning is in your hands” on 6th September 2018 for the IQAC National Conference on “ Quality Sustenance in Higher Education Institutions”.

More recently it was done for the Faculty Development Centre of Rohtak University on the 18th July 2019 with session title “ The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence and Education” as part of the FDP on e-learning. 

Most recently it was done on the 15th October 2019 for the Teaching-Learning Centre at the Central University Jaipur funded by MHRD New Delhi under the scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT). The theme of the session was “ AI awareness for University Academics” for a duration of about 3 hours. 

Unlike TED and TEDx talks that are one-way pre-recorded talks of about 18 minutes duration to be viewed by millions of viewers, these WhaT lectures are more for the serious learner who is willing to stay with the ‘theme’ for about an hour, or 90 minutes, the standard time for College lectures or seminars and be ‘in conversation’ with the Professor for the duration of the talk. 

And while the topics may be different, often suggested by potential audiences, the speaker giving the talk is always Professor MM Pant. 

In order to widen access to good quality education which is personalised, the Whatsapp talk seems to hold great promise. 

No matter how much in detail we describe the experience of attending one of these talks, until you enrol in and participate in a talk on a topic that interests you, you will not be able to imagine it. So far a few hundred have participated in the ones that we have done, and they found it am amazing experience. 

Another innovative feature that we are exploring with this format is that new lectures, workshops or seminars in this format will be developed only at the instance of prospective learners. In general. I will develop a WhatsApp talk if there are about 10 prospective learners for the said talk. But in principle, if the topic is interesting enough, I will create a lecture even for ‘ a class of one student’. This is what personalisation is about. 

If you have any thoughts for the topic of a lecture/talk that should belong here, do share it by sending an e-mail to mmpant@gmail.com or a Whatsapp message to 9810073724.

I will make all efforts to create and offer a lecture on the same. 
As of now, we have the following talks available in this format:

  • WhaT01:Learning First,AI next !
  • WhaT02:Why Learn Quantum Mechanics at School ?
  • WhaT03:Avoiding Natural Stupidity
  • WhaT04: Ideas: their creation and spread
  • WhaT05: Inspiring Humans

Further Details:

WhaT01: Learning First, AI next! 

Backdrop: 

The main stimulus for creating this talk is the scramble for introducing courses in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and other ‘emerging’ subjects with the hope of making our youth future ready. I was immediately reminded of the phrase ‘ putting the cart before the horse’ that we learnt in School, and I thought of creating this talk with the hope of setting things in context. 

Almost everyone who has studied the education scene, acknowledges that there is a learning crisis and that most students learning abilities are much below what they should be. There has also been use to f the phrase ‘learning poverty’ which has been correlated to economic poverty. 

The main purpose of this short learning episode is to emphasise learning as a skill, lifelong learning as a disposition and the idea that once adequate learning power is developed a learner will not only be able to learn artificial  intelligence but keep himself informed of other emerging technologies as well. 

In order to be able to carry this message to large numbers, I have adopted this model of “ WhatsApp live” where all participants of the talk will become members of a WhatsApp group created for this, and they will open WhatsApp for the duration of the live session. During the scheduled time, I will make posts according to the flow indicated in the outline of topics, allocating about 10 minutes to each topic. 

Proposed flow of WhaT01:

1: Ancient wisdom about the importance of learning: the desire to learn? 

2: Standing on the shoulders of giants:

3: Stephen Covey’s 7th habit: sharpening the saw 

4: The 4 stages / steps from unknown incompetence to unknown competence 

5: The future of learning is in your hands

6: Building Learning Power

7: Finding your element

8: When there is no teacher?

9: What next ? 

This is a provisional proposed sequence. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition in response to recent developments as well as the specific interests of the learner cohort.

For those who by the end of this session are persuaded to become better learners and perhaps lifelong learners may pursue the one month course LHTL: Learning How to Learn. To know further details of this program, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at + 919810073724

The fee for this WhatsApp live talk is Rs 500/- and can be easily remitted by PayTM to +919810073724

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301

HDFC0002645

(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

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WhaT02: Why learn Quantum Mechanics at School? 

Backdrop :

Quantum physics is perhaps the greatest intellectual triumph in the history of human civilization, but as the dramatis personae are serious Scientists in pursuit of ‘ smoother pebbles and prettier shells that lie undiscovered in the ocean of truth’, in the spirit of Isaac Newton, the public in general is not aware of it. Like Monsier  Jourdain in Moliere’s play was not aware that he was speaking ‘prose’ all his life, even most professionals who studied or are studying Science at School are not aware that ‘life’ is in its essence driven by Quantum Mechanics. 

The universe as we know it runs on quantum rules, and while the classical physics that emerges when you apply quantum physics to enormously huge numbers of particles seem very different, there are lots of familiar, everyday phenomena that owe their existence to quantum effects. We list some of them in the beginning of this course. 

Have you ever wondered how birds instinctively find their way across thousands of miles of open sky during migration? Or pondered on how photosynthesis happens, or how the human sense of smell works?

Despite our best efforts to understand them, natural processes such as these are puzzling. But recently, scientists have been using quantum physics to unravel some of nature’s enduring mysteries.

Another important purpose of this course is to develop pride in our own Scientists and their fundamental contributions at the Quantum  level which have been unjustly ignored. Raman effect for which Sir CV Raman was conferred the Nobel Prize in 1930 was essentially a ‘Quantum’ effect. Satyendra Bose after whom a class of particles have been named Bosons has also made signal contributions. Jagdish Chandra Bose had demonstrated that plants also conform to the laws of Physics, which we now believe is Quantum Mechanics. 

This course is unique in another important way. It is delivered through WhatsApp through the mobile phone whose access is prohibited by the authoritarian traditional education. 

The main purpose of this talk is to respond to the query, made to me by a young person : If Quantum Mechanics is the answer, then what is the question? 

So this is a doubly disruptive education. And it is not free and compulsory. And not part of the recommendations of the Draft New Education Policy 2019. 

It is completely optional and useful for those who want to be future ready, for the world of 2020 and beyond. To flourish and thrive in the age of Quantum Computing and Quantum Biology. 

And there is a very modest affordable fee that would not be a barrier for most. As of now, the course is available only in the English language, but soon you may be able to use AI driven automatic translation systems to pursue this, no matter what your first language. 

For estimate purposes, the time duration of this WhatsApp live course is about 90 minutes, structured as 9 themes with about 10 minutes devoted to each theme.

Quantum physics represents a gateway to a lifelong love of science!

Proposed flow of the posts:

1: Recent policy/ media/ public attention

2: Quantum Physics in everyday life

3: The dramatis personae in Quantum Mechanics

4: Quantum is fundamental: classical physics is a special case

5: Key ideas in  Quantum Mechanics

6: Quantum Machine Learning

7: Quantum Biology

8: Quantum Computing

9: What next? Learning Quantum Mechanics on your own : by yourself: 

But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.  ( Edward Gibbon: quoted in Feynman lectures in Physics) 

This is not so much about Teaching Quantum Mechanics as about why should one learn it at School. For those who get motivated to learn more, there are 3 additional courses offered under the Quantum Track. An introductory one month (4 week course) on “ Understanding the Quantum World”. A similar one month (4 week course) introduces the emerging cross-disciplinary field of “Quantum Biology”. There   is also a one month (4 week Course) that is an introduction to “Quantum Computing”. 

All these courses are in the category of a fascinating introduction for the curious with sufficient guidance for more, for the serious.
This 90 minute WhatsApp live course on “ Why learn Quantum Mechanics at School?” will be offered from March 2020. It is planned to have this once a week every week. However more batches may be added as per need. It will be our endeavour that no one has to wait for more than a week after registering for the course. But you can reserve your place in it by taking advance action. More specific details of which batch a learner is accommodated will be conveyed to every individual.
The other 3 courses will be rolled out in gases from April to July 2020. From July 2020, we hope to have the Quantum Track available to all students in the Secondary School sta

The fee for this WhatsApp live talk is Rs 500/- and can be easily remitted by PayTM to +919810073724

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301

HDFC0002645

(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

For any further queries contact Professor MM Pant through Whatsapp at+919810073724

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WhaT03: Avoiding Natural Stupidity:

Backdrop:

These are times when Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. Either Godlike who will help in solving the most difficult problems of the day or as the devil incarnate out to harm us in every imaginable way.

The literal opposite of Artificial Intelligence is Natural Stupidity, and more people are more often practitioners of this. The purpose of this session is to help us reflect on our actions, and avoid the elements of stupidity in them. One definition of critical thinking is to “ thinking about your thinking while you are thinking to improve your thinking”. To that extent this may be seen as drawing attention to critical thinking.

Proposed flow of WhatsApp posts for this course: 

1: What is stupidity? Definitions, Descriptors and its basic laws

2: Why take interest in Stupidity? Reflecting on one’s own stupidity

3: Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.

4: Common Causes leading to Stupidity

5: Functional Stupidity

6: Stupidity in Everyday life: Laws, Regulations, Conventions

7: The intelligence trap : why smart people do stupid things?

8: Protecting oneself against deception and frauds

9: What next?

This is a provisional proposed sequence. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition in response to recent developments as well as the specific interests of the learner cohort.

For those who by the end of this session are persuaded to become better learners and perhaps lifelong learners may pursue the one month course LHTL: Learning How to Learn. To know further details of this program, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at + 919810073724

The fee for this WhatsApp live talk is Rs 500/- and can be easily remitted by PayTM to +919810073724

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301

HDFC0002645

(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

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WhaT04: Ideas: their creation and spread

Backdrop:

It is widely believed that we have evolved from hunter-gatherers, agricultural, industrial to a post industrial society driven by creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. And ideas are the currency of such a society. 

In the well known Bloom’s taxonomy of Learning objectives, there are 6 levels beginning with remembering and with creativity at the highest level. In a way this session is about inspiring you to move up to the highest level, and give you pointers and examples of how you could play an important role in both generation of new ideas, as well as being a propagator or evangelist of useful ideas generated by others. 

Flow of posts:

1: What is an idea? Philosophical perspectives

2: Creativity: generation of new ideas

3: Where good ideas come from?

4: The structure of good ideas

5: Innovation : incremental and disruptive

6: Propagation of ideas : memes, diffusion and  viral 

7:  Brilliant ideas that are not so well known

8: Protection of ideas : Intellectual Property Concepts

9: Begin your own ideation process

This is a provisional proposed sequence. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition in response to recent developments as well as the specific interests of the learner cohort.

For those who by the end of this session are persuaded to become better learners and perhaps lifelong learners may pursue the one month course LHTL: Learning How to Learn. To know further details of this program, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at + 919810073724

The fee for this WhatsApp live talk is Rs 500/- and can be easily remitted by PayTM to +919810073724

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301

HDFC0002645

(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

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WhaT05: Inspiring humans

Backdrop:

While the media covers various advances in technologies and products and services behind them, it devotes relatively less to bringing facets of the lives of people behind them. Much of this can be gleaned from the Biographies and autobiographies of such people. Political, religious leaders as well as great Scientists and technologists to great intellectuals have all shaped our past journey, and will continue to be very important in shaping the destiny of humans in these times of rapidly advancing technologies. 

Reading a great biography (or autobiography) can be as exciting as your favorite thriller, provide more valuable and useful lessons than most self-help best sellers, and offer more professional development wisdom than you can likely apply.

In general, biographies are written by and about people who have succeeded in some way. Whether still alive or dead, their lives have the power to inspire us.

Flow of posts:

1: Why is this important? 

2: Religious leaders

3: Philosophical leaders

4: Scientific leaders

5: Political thought leaders: their speeches

6: Technology leaders

7: AI/ ML leaders

8: Being human in an age of Intelligent Machines

9: The key takeaway: a path to becoming extra-ordinary….

This is a provisional proposed sequence. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition in response to recent developments as well as the specific interests of the learner cohort.

For those who by the end of this session are persuaded to become better learners and perhaps lifelong learners may pursue the one month course LHTL: Learning How to Learn. To know further details of this program, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at + 919810073724

The fee for this WhatsApp live talk is Rs 500/- and can be easily remitted by PayTM to +919810073724

For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301

HDFC0002645

(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

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